Reviews - The Wedding Singer (1998)
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The Wedding Singer (1998)

Genres: Comedy, Music, Romance

Taglines: Before the internet, Before cell phones, Before roller-blades, There was a time... 1985. Don't pretend you don't remember.

Director: Frank Coraci

Writers: Tim Herlihy

Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, ...

Robbie Hart is singing the hits of the 1980s at weddings and other celebrations. He also can keep the party going in good spirit, he knows what to say and when to say it. Julia is a waitress at the events where Robbie performs. When both of them find someone to marry and prepare for their weddings, it becomes clear that they've chosen wrong partners.

90 | Kevin Thomas

A sparkling romantic comedy, the kind of picture that glides by so gracefully and unpretentiously that it's only upon reflection that you realize how much skill, caring and good judgment had to have gone into its making.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

80 | Leonard Klady

Director Frank Coraci and scripter Tim Herlihy work in concert to maintain a quality of farce rooted in human comedy.
Read More: Variety

80 | Caroline Westbrook

A script with a streak of clever cynicism and poignancy, a soundtrack of tunes you thought had long since departed to the vinyl graveyard and one of the most adorable screen pairings in ages in Sandler and Barrymore and the result is a film which, while hardly high art, is simply irresistible.
Read More: Empire

80 | Daphne Merkin

The movie is full of inspired touches as well as excessive ones: its appeal lies in the way its humor always treads the line between sendup and campy overkill.
Read More: The New Yorker

75 | David Sterritt

The movie is surprisingly strong despite its potentially flaky plot, combining '80s-style humor with a sincere romantic story.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

70 | Rita Kempley

Adam Sandler is surprisingly likable as Robbie, a struggling musician who is left at the altar early in this modest romantic comedy.
Read More: Washington Post

70 | Jonathan Rosenbaum

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore make an appealing couple in this silly but very likable 1998 romantic comedy set in 1985.
Read More: Chicago Reader

70 | David Denby

It’s a pleasant movie -- very pleasant, in fact -- but soft as a down quilt.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

70 | Elvis Mitchell

Half the film is an ingenuous love story, but the better half consists of pop culture time-warp jokes set in 1985.
Read More: The New York Times

67 | Owen Gleiberman

As a romantic comedy, the picture is pleasant, predictable, and utterly weightless.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

60 | Manohla Dargis

Sandler smirks a good deal less than he did in his last two movies, and with a couple of acting lessons, he might develop into a screen presence.
Read More: L.A. Weekly

60 | Stephanie Zacharek

Frank Coraci's '80s-nostalgia comedy is predictable and unevenly paced, and it lunges too often for the easy joke.
Read More: Salon.com

60 | Maitland McDonagh

Yes, it's sappy. It's also silly, utterly unironic, a sketch stretched out to feature length, and, if you're in the right mood, pretty darned cute.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

50 | James Berardinelli

This movie desperately wants to be liked. The problem is, there's not much here to like -- at least nothing that's new or interesting.
Read More: ReelViews

50 | Marc Savlov

It is a harmless and occasionally hilarious pop comedy good for a few bargain yuks.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

50 | Barbara Shulgasser

The considerable appeal of this movie has to do with its roots in those nice, comforting love stories of the 1930s.
Read More: San Francisco Examiner

50 | Joshua Klein

Sandler is endearing as a sensitive nice guy, and Barrymore is a cute love interest, but The Wedding Singer fails to deliver the anticipated laughs.
Read More: The A.V. Club

50 | Ruthe Stein

A sweet-natured if formulaic romantic comedy.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

50 | Liam Lacey

Finally, an Adam Sandler comedy that you can sit through without wanting to throw a mallet through the screen.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

40 | Ron Wells

It's charmingly bad and an excellent date film.
Read More: Film Threat

25 | Roger Ebert

The screenplay reads like a collaboration between Jekyll and Hyde.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times